The long, hard road to moments.

He was dizzy, seeing stars for the final eight of those 13 innings, many of which had me on the ropes myself.  And he ended it like that.

It’s easy when thinking about what Josh Hamilton is and what he does and what faces him and this team leading up to the winter to take our eyes off the ball and get overly emotional . . . .

. . . says the guy who preaches not-too-high and not-too-low and marathons and sprints and yet was sitting there tweeting a litany of frustrations during the bonus innings of a baseball game that felt like it should have been won half a dozen times.

There’s that whole thing about forgiving but not forgetting, but we can flip that around on this one.  We’ll remember how Texas 8, Toronto 7 ended, while this part will probably be largely forgotten:

Bottom 9th

Casey Janssen pitching

- Ian Kinsler hit by pitch

- Andrus sacrifices to catcher, Kinsler to second

Bottom 11th

Darren Oliver pitching

- Kinsler singles to left

- Andrus sacrifices to first, Kinsler to second

During the ugly top of the 13th, I tweeted this:

I think I want Kinsler to get out to start the bottom of the 13th.  I think.

Bottom 13th

Ryota Igarashi pitching

- Kinsler walks

- Andrus doubles to deep center, Kinsler scores

OK.

And then?  The process of forgetting the fact that the bat was consciously taken out of Andrus’s hands twice had begun, but still, the Rangers had led off the 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th innings by getting on base, and they hadn’t gotten anyone home in that stretch.

Yet.

Jason Frasor pitching

- Hamilton swings through a 92-mph fastball on 1-1, a feeble pass by a light-headed hitter in temperatures that exceeded the mediocre Frasor velocity that Hamilton would typically punish

- Hamilton hits the ball one million miles

- Hamilton stumbles through the home plate mob toward the dugout and stumbles through the radio and TV interviews he had to do

Baseball.

Peter Gammons wrote several days ago: “We know, barring plague or pestilence, that the Texas Rangers are going to play in the postseason.”

Yep.

Gammons wrote this morning: “A.J. Ellis, Saltalamacchia, J.Hamilton walkoffs.  The long, hard roads to moments.”

Days like yesterday remind us what this team is capable of, sometimes even in spite of itself.  Yu Darvish gets the chance today to jump back on the rails and help this team win a series.

The Rangers aren’t perfect, but they are great.

And on some days we get insanely dizzying examples of both.

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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